- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The vast majority of errors in the Social Security system are easily corrected by going to the local Social Security Office and presenting the documentation necessary to correct them (“How about E-Trust?” Letters, Sept. 25). Roughly 2.5 million legal residents will have ample time to correct the errors before termination would occur. It was a very simple procedure, after my divorce, simply to produce my divorce decree, and they made a simple name change. It took about 20 minutes of my time, including the wait.

Those of us who want to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in our country are not against legal immigration. Follow the rules, and come join us! Those are the immigrants who have always been, and always will be, welcome in our great melting pot. However, if you come across our borders without the proper documentation, or if you overstay your visa and remain here without authorization, you are violating our laws.

The danger is that many of those with false documents could claim the maximum number of dependents, pay no federal or state income tax and actually receive tax refunds greater than their contributions. They might even have multiple sets of false documents, making it possible for them to collect Social Security benefits as well as welfare benefits.

Close our borders, continue the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and make E-Verify mandatory for all employers and government programs. Simple.

NANCY TILTON

Pittsburgh

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